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The Reading Room

The Reading Room

A place for bibliophiles to share their thoughts on recent reads and well-loved tomes.
Katy S
This Guy Created His Own Hilarious Book Sections At A Local Bookstore | Bored Panda -
This Guy Created His Own Hilarious Book Sections At A Local Bookstore | Bored Panda
This Guy Created His Own Hilarious Book Sections At A Local Bookstore | Bored Panda
I want someone to try this in a library. - Katy S from Bookmarklet
Actually, I bet you could use some of the less snarky ones for a display. - laura x
Laura's right; with some exceptions those would make great public library displays. The shirtless one's a natural. - Walt Crawford
We could. We'd just have to make sure upper-management is on board first. I really do love the one for Romance. - Katy S
I'd love to see a shoes themed display, or one called 50 Shades of Gray that features books with grey toned covers. - Corinne L
heeeee that 50 Shades idea is a winner! - RepoRat
I like how he's integrated support for local business. Smart. - Ken Morley
Katy S
Alexander and Santat Win 2015 Newbery, Caldecott Medals | School Library Journal -
Alexander and Santat Win 2015 Newbery, Caldecott Medals | School Library Journal
Across the board, this year's YMA winners and honor books seem to be significantly more diverse than previous years. - Katy S from Bookmarklet
Aw, Beekle was cute - Soup in a TARDIS
It's an incredibly kid-friendly book. Did you see the trailer for it? ETA: I love his book trailer for Carnivores, too: - Katy S
Santat illustrated ninja red riding hood, right ? We have that out now and really enjoy it - Christina Pikas from iPhone
He did. - Katy S
Katy S
14 books you could read in the time it takes to watch the Super Bowl -
14 books you could read in the time it takes to watch the Super Bowl
The "currently reading" stack on my desk at home has 40 books in it. And those aren't actually *all* the books I am somewhere in the middle of, here's probably a dozen more scattered around work and home. Guess I know what one of my upcoming book projects is...
Does anyone else embark upon "book projects"? A bit different from a challenge, I think... - Marianne
My book projects usually entail declaring to-read pile bankruptcy and weeding heavily. - Kirsten
I do themes, if that counts. I did Greece (with a combination of ancient and modern history and Greek literature) before going island hopping, and I recently had a little Russia project with a couple of broad stroke historical accounts, a couple of travel books, a Putin biography, and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. - Eivind
Most of the books I read are from th library, and I've got a list of books I've returned unread or unfinished. When we find a place to live & I've got time again to read, my project will be checking those books out again and finishing them. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Fine projects, all. Kirsten, the book project I'm on *right now* is going through my entire "working library" (h/t Umberto Eco) of a house and weeding heavily, then cataloging the keepers in LibraryThing. I expect it to take a year or more. (Obvs. not the *only* thing I am working on :D.) So I hear you. - Marianne
"Idleness is a disease which must be combated; but I would not advise a rigid adherence to a particular plan of study. I myself have never persisted in any plan for two days together. A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good. A young man should read five hours in a day, and so may acquire a great deal of knowledge." --Samuel Johnson, and Laura Crossett - laura x
Heh. I'm pretty sure if I wasn't following that advice already, I wouldn't be in the middle of 40 different books :D - Marianne
Oh yeah. I have no idea how many books I'm in the middle of or am thinking of reading or what have you, because I don't keep track. People always quote the part about reading just as your inclination leads you, but I like to include the parts before and the part about reading 5 hours a day, too. - laura x
“One of her [high school] students has discovered science fiction and wanted recommendations about what to read. … I sat down and kind of flung together a quick "Science Fiction Everyone Should Read" list off the top of my head, arranged it in more-or-less chronological order by publication...”
Edited to add a line I have later as a comment: "This is not, of course, a comprehensive list, but just what I could think of over lunch. It stops in the 90s because that's when my lunch break ended." " (If I count the Gaea trilogy as 1, the Vorkosigan books as 1, and the Mars books by Kim Robinson as 1, there are 31 titles here. I’ve read 15.5 of them.) - bentley
No Dan Simmons on that list makes me sad. - Anika
He does say, "This is not, of course, a comprehensive list, but just what I could think of over lunch. It stops in the 90s because that's when my lunch break ended." - bentley
I missed that second sentence. - Anika
I'll have to add Dan Simmons to my mental list of SF authors to read. - bentley
Time and Again, A Canticle for Leibowitz, The Foundation series? - Ken Morley
no Harlan Ellison? yes, i know his work is almost entirely short story collections. - Big Joe Silence
also, PJ Farmer's "Venus On The Half-Shell" (supposedly written by Vonnegut's SF author character Kilgore Trout). it's a must-read. - Big Joe Silence
Popular TV Series and Movies Maintain Relevance as Novels - -
Popular TV Series and Movies Maintain Relevance as Novels -
"In “Bratva,” a new crime novel by Christopher Golden, a grizzled motorcycle gang vice president named Jax Teller and his loyal sidekicks Opie and Chibs take on Russian mobsters to rescue Jax’s half sister. Some 200 pages of gun battles, fistfights and mayhem follow. Those characters will be familiar to fans of “Sons of Anarchy,” a popular motorcycle gang drama on the FX network. They were lifted wholesale from the show, which recently concluded its seventh and final season. The novel was commissioned by the show’s creator, Kurt Sutter, to keep fans engaged with the characters — and with the show’s lucrative line of clothing, jewelry, action figures and other merchandise — after the finale. “With the show ending, how do we continue to keep the world in the consciousness of fans?” Mr. Sutter said. “It’s always a mix of art and commerce.” “Bratva” is one of the latest entries to a flourishing but often unappreciated pocket of the publishing world: tie-in novels. Writers have produced... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Writers and publishers of these books usually estimate that 1 or 2 percent of the total audience will buy the book, so a show that draws two million viewers might sell 20,000 paperback copies. “Having that built-in audience, you don’t know that everyone’s going to show up, but you know that a certain fan will show up,” said Michael Homler, an editor at St. Martin’s Press who acquired... more... - Jessie
"Andrew Martin, the publisher of Minotaur Books, said he was skeptical at first when the reverse adaptation of “Broadchurch,” written by Erin Kelly, was submitted. “We just don’t do those kinds of books,” he said. But he knew Ms. Kelly’s reputation as a top-notch suspense writer and felt the book offered a different, internal perspective on the investigation of a boy’s murder. “I wasn’t... more... - Jessie
I'll admit, I'm loving the Veronica Mars continuation. It's like getting to watch another season of the show unfold after the movie, if a bit slowly. It feels like a great way to continue stories that ended abruptly, or that had a big following, but it was time for the series to end on TV. - Jennifer Dittrich
What were some of your favorite books that you read in 2014?
The Norman Conquest, by Marc Morris; The Sleeper and the Spindle, Neil Gaiman; Veronica Mars: Thousand Dollar Tan Line; Raising Steam, Terry Pratchett. - Jennifer Dittrich
I think The Years of Rice and Salt was my absolute favorite. - Eivind from Android
Long Way Round - Brent Schaus from iPhone
So many! Station Eleven by Mandel, My Real Children by Walton, Dr. Mutter's Marvels by Aptowicz, The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Cokal, Brown Girl Dreaming by Woodson, West of the Moon by Preus, The Goblin Emperor by Addison, The Martian by Weir, Revival by King, and The Supernatural Enhancements by Cantero. - Katy S
The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O'Neill; Looking for Alaska by John Greene; Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami; This is How You Lose her by Junot Diaz; Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang; And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini; The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (which was probably my biggest surprise); Professional JavaScript for Web Developers by Nicholas Zakas. And probably some that I'm forgetting because I didn't put them into Goodreads. - joey
mine are here: - 21 was as much as I could narrow it down this year :D. - Marianne
Spidra Webster Ursula Le Guin's Lathe of Heaven is 99¢ for Kindle today.
Ha. I just bought that last week. - joey from iPhone
Did you get the 99¢ price? If not, you might try Amazon CS about it. They're usually pretty nice. - Spidra Webster
No, I bought it on the 23rd. It was a pretty enjoyable contribution to my Goodreads Challenge catch up effort ;) - joey
Spidra Webster
Book revenues are up — but without ebooks, they'd be plummeting - Vox -
Book revenues are up — but without ebooks, they'd be plummeting - Vox
"The state of the book is in constant danger. The novel is constantly dying, and there is a fear that the publishing industry in general is maybe doomed. But if there's one sector of the publishing industry that's alive and well, it's e-books. According to data released this week by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), e-book sales continued a steady rise in 2013. Data around book sales and reading is notoriously muddy. There is no comprehensive data collected and published on how many books are sold in the United States, print, e-book, or combined. Major retailers, like Barnes & Noble and Amazon, release their sales figures for print books, but do not share how many e-books they are selling. AAP reports the revenue made by major book publishers. For e-books, since there is almost no overhead as there is with physical books (for covers, and printing, and shipping) the revenue reported is approximately equal to the e-books sold. E-books have come to prominence quickly in the... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
I was curious how they're doing. I prefer print books. But my inability to afford to rent a space big enough to have much of a library has forced me mostly to e-books. Every time I save up enough $ to buy on e-book something I own in print, I find the resale price on the print is so terrible I might as well donate the book. So it made me wonder whether a lot of people are switching. - Spidra Webster
My 5 star fiction reads from 2014:
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The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson - Augustus by John Williams - Fatelessness by Imre Kertész - Independent People by Halldór Laxness - Stoner by John Williams - The Rise & Fall of Great Powers: A Novel by Tom Rachman - The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell - Eivind
I ended up rating 13 out of 63 books as 5 stars. Maybe I am more generous? :P - Jenny H.
If I add the audio lectures and non fiction books I have 20/83 rated as 5 stars. We're just nice people :) - Eivind
List I just found on Goodreads: Non-Caucasian Protagonists in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Paranormal Romance Another one: Diversity in Fantasy and Science Fiction...
Another list: Diversity in Fantasy and Science Fiction - bentley
Spidra Webster
Fill Your New Kindle, iPad, iPhone, eReader with Free eBooks, Movies, Audio Books, Online Courses & More | Open Culture -
Fill Your New Kindle, iPad, iPhone, eReader with Free eBooks, Movies, Audio Books, Online Courses & More | Open Culture
"Santa left a new Kindle, iPad, Kindle Fire or other media player under your tree. He did his job. Now we’ll do ours. We’ll tell you how to fill those devices with free intelligent media — great books, movies, courses, and all of the rest. And if you didn’t get a new gadget, fear not. You can access all of these materials on the good old fashioned computer. Here we go: Free eBooks: You have always wanted to read the great works. And now is your chance. When you dive into our Free eBooks collection you will find 700 great works by some classic writers (Dickens, Dostoevsky, Shakespeare and Tolstoy) and contemporary writers (F. Scott Fitzgerald, Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, and Kurt Vonnegut). The collection also gives you access to the 51-volume Harvard Classics. If you’re an iPad/iPhone user, the download process is super easy. Just click the “iPad/iPhone” links and you’re good to go. Kindle and Nook users will generally want to click the “Kindle + Other Formats links” to download... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Fantagraphics Books | Comics and Graphic Novels - Leading Ladies Sale on comiXology -
Fantagraphics Books | Comics and Graphic Novels - Leading Ladies Sale on comiXology
Fantagraphics Books | Comics and Graphic Novels - Leading Ladies Sale on comiXology
"From today until Sunday, December 21st (11pm EST) comiXology and Fantagraphics are having a Leading Ladies Sale! Get HALF OFF on our graphic novels featuring ladies in the lead role or female cartoonists or, get this, BOTh. Get titles as new as Lucy Knisley's An Age of License or some deep cut classics like Dame Darcy's gothic Meat Cake (one of my favorites!). With 44 graphic novels and comics to choose from you're bound to find something to read or maybe pick out a gift for a friend! Age of LicenseMeat Cake Pad Looking for something else? The currently out of print Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life is an internationally-acclaimed and awarded story of a punk traveling across the green borders of Europe, no cash in hand, no passport. Ulli Lust's tale is the female On the Road and sure to sate your thirst for travel even while on the road yourself (or at the family holiday gatherings already). Meanwhile Dash Shaw's Cosplayers series follows two girls as they cosplay real life and video-taping it from afar. Today is the Last Day of the rest of your life Cosplayers" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Castle Waiting Vol. 1, Meatcake, some L&R titles, etc - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
"We’re making our book list and checking it twice. Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Deborah Blum and editor Annalee Newitz join Ira Flatow to share their top science, technology, and environmental books of 2014. Have a favorite? Share it in the comments and add your pick to the list! Plus, check out our kids' science book picks here." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
I recently came across a story that called The Goblin Emperor a stand-alone novel, and that characterization has been bugging me. I really liked the book, but I realized that if it is in fact stand-alone, I might think it was a terrible book.
1. The presence of goblins and elves is meaningless in this book. Unless there are more books, why have fantastical species? Really, it feels now like a thin attempt to declare a book about political development of a king to be SF/F. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
2. It's really not SF/F. Sure, the characters are goblins and elves, but why? There's nothing about them that requires they be non-human species. Nothing. There's a wee bit of magic, but none of it couldn't be simply swapped for mechanical means. It's a cop out - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
3. I think I would be most disappointed, though, that someone went to the effort to create such elaborate language rules -- and did such a poor job of explaining the language, and therefore rendered whatever she was trying to show by the language invisible -- for a standalone book. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Any of these would be forgivable (in an enjoyable read) if they were tools for setting up a universe. But as a universe unto themselves? I think they make for really bad and self-indulgent writing. What do you think- does thinking of the book as a standalone change your response to the book? AM I being really judgmental? - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Thinking of a book as a series or standalone only changes how I feel about it if parts feel like they're missing, or if it obscures a bad narrative structure. Focusing on the label doesn't seem all that productive to me. You could label any of Banks' 'Culture' novels as stand-alone, but the work in each enhances your understanding of the universe he's created for them. - Jennifer Dittrich
I assumed this one was a stand-alone when I read it, but I remember hoping that the world would be revisited in another book(s). I still enjoyed it. I find point 2 could describe a lot of books. I just don't necessarily see it as a cop out. I think it's one of those things that I just don't worry about when I'm reading for pleasure, but that's my personal choice. Thinking back, I read this after reading some truly awful books (I mean, really really bad), so that could have affected my reading, as well. - Katy S
It feels like you're applying rules that have meaning to you, but they don't resonate for me. Why do those things matter? Why put arbitrary limits on how someone chooses to make their art? - Jenica from iPhone
Honestly, Jenica, I don't know. I enjoyed the book, but when I saw it in the category of "stand alone novel" all of those other things suddenly appeared. I was surprised to find that my enjoyment of it changed with that new information. I guess I was posting here to see if others had similar reactions. Clearly, my response is pretty singular. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Well, it's an interesting thing to know about your reading preferences, right? :) - Jenica
The first couple didn't even register with me. I suspect this is because I read so much children's literature, in which characters are often animals or some other creature for no apparent reason. :) I did look back at when I read the book and it looks like it was near the time I read Rush Limbaugh's children's books and a particularly wretched Amish Christian fiction title. Now I feel like rereading this to see how I feel about it now. - Katy S
Goodreads | 100 Best Books of All Time: The World Library List (100 books) -
Goodreads | 100 Best Books of All Time: The World Library List (100 books)
Goodreads | 100 Best Books of All Time: The World Library List (100 books)
Goodreads | 100 Best Books of All Time: The World Library List (100 books)
"List of 100 best books of all time, as voted on by 100 writers in 54 different countries. List reflects works from multiple countries, cultures and time periods. Compiled in 2002 by Norwegian Book Clubs." - Eivind from Bookmarklet
Your 2015 reading goal? :) - Ken Morley
I'll certainly knock down a few more. I've already read about half of them, but there are books on there I have no desire to read :) - Eivind from Android
Eivind, what are some of the ones you'd skip? - Anne Bouey
The plays, mostly. I'd like to know them all, but at present I really don't feel like reading them :) - Eivind
I haven't read all the books there are yet, so I'm not in a position to judge. - Eivind
Proust should be No:1 - ccc- Proust - ccc - Arfin Kiriloğlu
The original list isn't ordered, Arfin. - Eivind
Eivind, last week i played chess on with a guy called Eivind from Norway, i hope it wasn't you - i had a cruel win ^^ Your name is common in Norway? - Arfin Kiriloğlu
According to SSB ( there are "8 381 men with Eivind as part of their forename" and "6 817 men with Eivind as their only forename." So, fairly common :) - Eivind
Those are some fine books and A Tale of Two Cities you have there. I actually asked Jenny why they didn't select a better Hemingway book. And I'm a huge Steinbeck fan. The list was curated from 100 authors' top 10 lists. The author pool represented 54 countries, and 26 of them represented the Anglosphere. - Eivind
The selection is called the World Library, so I assume they were just asked which ten books they felt should absolutely be part of such a thing. - Eivind from Android
The reason I came across this list in the first place, is that I bought the Norwegian translation of the book called Independent People in English. I'm still reading it, but that is a quality work with a proper saga feel to the writing. So, read Independent People by Haldor Laxness, everyone :) - Eivind
I've been choosing what to read next based on the SF Masterworks and Fantasy Masterworks lists. I'm reading stuff I had either not heard of or wouldn't have picked on my own (especially Fantasy).
I just finished The Fifth Head of Cerberus, by Gene Wolfe. It was different, in a good way. - bentley
I'd already read several of the SF books, but I'm not very well read in Fantasy. I'm trying to alternate lists so I don't neglect the Fantasy one. - bentley
Philip K. Dick wins! - Ken Morley
Wow, yeah. I hadn't counted before. - bentley
Reading the world in 196 books. "Writer Ann Morgan set herself a challenge – to read a book from every country in the world in one year. She describes the experience and what she learned." The list:
Katy S
"We will need writers who can remember freedom": Ursula K Le Guin at the National Book Awards | parker higgins dot net -
"We will need writers who can remember freedom": Ursula K Le Guin at the National Book Awards | parker higgins dot net
She calls out publishers for selling e-books for more to libraries than individuals. Also, posting because she rocks! - Katy S from Bookmarklet
Great speech - but I'm waiting to see if she sends a take-down. She can be pretty hardnosed about her copyrights and people posting her words online. - barbara fister
David Handler made a terrible dog's breakfast of the YA win. Black author - watermelon jokes. Plus foolishness about the Coretta Scott King award. So disappointing (as was the general silence in response - only excusable if they couldn't find their jaws on the floor). - barbara fister
Daniel Handler? ETA: yes, it's him. Googling found me this: - kaijsa
Handler was terrible. - Katy S
He is donating $100,000 matching to We Need Diverse Books - happy to see that. Though still - oi. - barbara fister
I saw that this morning. Money is nice, but I'm more interested to see what he does in the future. - Katy S from iPhone
He strikes me as the kind of person who will learn from a fuckup. We probably won't have a chance to find out any time soon, however. - RepoRat
I have heard that he can be a jerk, but I get the impression that he could learn from all of this, too. - Katy S from iPhone
I found him thoroughly delightful at an 826 benefit a few years ago, and while he was kind of saucy, he didn't say anything that offended liberal Seattleites. I've never had personal interactions with him. - kaijsa
He has said publicly his words were racist. Stupid to say them, but he's owning up to what was wrong which is sadly unusual. - barbara fister from iPhone
Yes. He apologized for real, not just the standard "sorry if you were offended" nonsense. It's a good sign that he took responsibility, but it still boggles my mind that he thought those jokes were okay. - kaijsa
link to the better apology, please? - maʀtha
Spidra Webster
There aren't that many straight lit novels I'm interested in buying but I may well get this. The author was interviewed on KPCC today. The story is set in Fallbrook, CA. There's a lot of subtropical/tropical fruit growing there in North San Diego County. The protagonist's family farms avocados. That's kinda weird enough that I'm intrigued. :)
It's called "Full Measure" by T. Jefferson Parker - Spidra Webster
The KPCC interview is here: - Spidra Webster
That's where my family lives; I'll have to read it, too. - joey
why did i read that as "sociopathic tropical fruit growing"? - Big Joe Silence
Durian is probably a sociopathic tropical fruit. - Spidra Webster
Have You Ever Had a Relationship End Because of a Book? - -
Have You Ever Had a Relationship End Because of a Book? -
Have You Ever Had a Relationship End Because of a Book? -
"Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. This week, Zoë Heller and Anna Holmes discuss the havoc books can wreak on relationships. By Zoë Heller Do you want to be one of those dreary couples who are always delivering their identical cultural opinions in the first person plural? Many years ago, when I was in my 20s, I went on vacation with a boyfriend to a remote Scottish island. We spent the days going on long, wet hikes and drinking in the pub. At night, we huddled in our freezing house and read aloud to each other. Neither one of us, it turned out, cared much for the other’s choice of book. I had come with “A Legacy,” by Sybille Bedford, which my boyfriend found mannered and pretentious. He had brought “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” by Hunter S. Thompson, which I thought was tiresome and unfunny. These differences of opinion did not strike me as a big deal. It was mildly disappointing, perhaps, that my boyfriend should be impressed by the... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"This surely is one of the great advantages of reading as a pursuit — that its pleasures do not rely on teammates or fellow enthusiasts, that the reader’s relationship with an author has no need of endorsement from third parties. Insisting that your loved one’s literary judgments be in harmony with your own suggests to me a rather dull and narcissistic notion of what constitutes... more... - Jessie
"By Anna Holmes It may also say something that I refused to mingle my books with his, keeping mine on a bookshelf in a room he rarely entered. Let me clarify from the outset that I never discovered a much-loved copy of “Mein Kampf” or “Atlas Shrugged” in a romantic interest’s underwear drawer, or had it revealed to me that a favorite book — say, “Pride and Prejudice” — was so loathed by... more... - Jessie
"I suspect I am not the only woman to become involved with men who profess to value her for her ability to be emotionally present, curious and passionate only to reveal, down the road, an expectation that this sort of generosity of time and energy be restricted solely to interests and activities that include them. I hate the idea that there is a type of person whose impulse when... more... - Jessie
Katy S
A Science-Fiction Classic Still Smolders - The New Yorker -
A Science-Fiction Classic Still Smolders - The New Yorker
One of my favorites! - Katy S from Bookmarklet
Katy S
Stories in Sync: Poetry and Rhythm in Storytelling | -
Stories in Sync: Poetry and Rhythm in Storytelling |
"There are books and stories you greatly enjoy—and then there are ones that make you giddy. Dizzy. Breathless. Stories that take a leap forward in complexity; that dazzle you with audacity. The ones where you say NO THEY DID NOT JUST DO THAT. NO THEY WENT THERE. Or, OMG, I GET IT I GET WHERE THEY’RE GOING. I don’t think everyone has the same giddy stories. We might agree on a group of good, well-loved stories, but a giddy story is that one that speaks to you, that has that moment where you and the story are so in sync that you jump to the next moment together, the next heartbeat." - Katy S from Bookmarklet
Katy S
Terrible Trivium - On Poisoned Apples, the “Great YA Debate,” and the Death of the Patriarchy -
Terrible Trivium - On Poisoned Apples, the “Great YA Debate,” and the Death of the Patriarchy
"I heard a teacher joke that forcing boys to read Pride and Prejudice in high school was turning them off from books for life. And, haha, hilarious. It’s an important work and gives students plenty to analyze. But we just can’t expect boys to appreciate the merits of the book, to engage with it, to grow as readers, because, girl book. We cannot ask boys to think outside themselves. They won’t do it, say these particular men who refuse to think outside themselves. The girls, though, everybody believes the girls should read Huck Finn and Heart of Darkness and Lord of the Flies and The Old Man and the Sea, because those books are Literature. They are Serious and Canonical, and a book becomes Canonical simply by objective worth, certainly not by a system of biases that keeps self-perpetuating like an undead Ouroboros. And the girls, they’re all right. They’re reading. We don’t have to worry about them. Except the girls aren’t all right. Not at all." - Katy S from Bookmarklet
So much this! - Katy S
Katy S
Be Polite With Your Books - -
Be Polite With Your Books -
"Books: As with food and clothing, they’re a commodity that elicits status anxiety for many people, particularly the insecure. And wherever there is status anxiety, there are potential minefields. We need to tread with the lightness of meringue." - Katy S from Bookmarklet
I love the part "On Bookspotting" - Melly
Is the reshelving tip true? - Melly
I'm really not sure about bookstores. Many libraries have carts out for that. - Katy S
improper reshelving used to be a big annoyance when I ran a bookstore. Proper reshelving didn't matter (it does in a library, because we count uses as well as checkouts), but of course EVERYONE thinks they are reshelving properly. - Marianne
Katy S
Book Challenges Suppress Diversity | Diversity in YA -
Book Challenges Suppress Diversity | Diversity in YA
"The unfortunate situation with Cameron Post and the entire banned summer reading list made me wonder how often the cited reasons for book challenges (which are enumerated by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom here) are smokescreens for the real reasons — reasons that might not always be socially acceptable to state publicly. If a book like Beloved by Toni Morrison is challenged because it is “sexually explicit” and has a “religious viewpoint” and contains “violence” (these are the stated reasons for its challenges in 2012), is it simply accidental that Beloved is also a novel about an African American woman, written by an African American woman?" - Katy S from Bookmarklet
It's not an academic study, but it's pretty interesting. - Katy S
To be fair, Beloved is very sexually explicit and includes violence. As if the film. *hated both* - Soup in a TARDIS
I think her point is that there are many widely read and taught books with those same features that have been written by white men, and yet those books haven't been challenged. Why Morrison's books and not others? - Katy S
I think her data fails to indicate anything about authors of banned books. It does, unsurprisingly, say a fair bit about silencing diversity in characters and plot point. I suspect if the compiler had compared stories wherein the main character (I think including secondary characters, as this author did, leads to inflated numbers without a very specific definition) is or isn't from a... more... - Soup in a TARDIS
Katy S
Barnes & Noble seems to think Rush Limbaugh's children's books are nonfiction. I just can't with this.
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Well that's alarming - Soup in a TARDIS
o.O - Jessie
Books Set In... I hadn't seen this website before. Books are searchable by location. Advanced search adds genre, title, and author. You can also do a search via map.
Katy S
Ursula Le Guin receives National Book Foundation medal | Shelf Life | -
Ursula Le Guin receives National Book Foundation medal | Shelf Life |
"Every year, the National Book Foundation awards the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to an author “who has enriched our literary heritage over a life of service, or a corpus of work.” Since the medal’s inception, authors spanning all genres have been honored, from David McCullough’s historical nonfiction to Ray Bradbury’s science fiction and everything in between. This year, the foundation has awarded the medal to Ursula Le Guin, whose body of sci-fi and fantasy work spans dozens of novels, short stories, and poems." - Katy S from Bookmarklet
All I have to say, is the genre snobs better not treat her award like they treated Stephen King's award. - Katy S
I was gonna say. The Lit'ry Establishment gets the vapors in 3... 2... 1... - RepoRat
Really, I don't know if they could be worse than they were when King got the award in 2003. - Katy S
The one reason they might muzzle it is if they know that Ursula K. CALLS THAT SHIT OUT. - RepoRat
True. Of course, King called them out in his speech. I was so happy when that happened. - Katy S
daaaamn. I don't read horror, and am not a fan of King's work, but I am now a fan of King himself. - RepoRat
I read a lot of his work when I was a teen and tween, then it tapered off. I still enjoy his short stories, though. Now, when I read horror, it tends to be more along the lines of Lovecraft, Blackwood, or Machen. Regardless, the snobbishness of some of the reactions when he received the award were ridiculous. I love that he came back at them. Also, I love all of the things he said about his wife in this. - Katy S
Katy S
brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists -
brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists
This one is excellent. - Katy S from Bookmarklet
Oooh. *promptly orders for mpow* - Soup in a TARDIS
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